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World Rugby U20 Championship – Round 2 Summary & Standings

The second round out the 2015 World Rugby U20 Championship saw some exciting games, even if the winners ended up being near enough as predicted.

In Ireland v Scotland and England v Wales there were some local derbies, while in New Zealand v Argentina we were treated to arguably the game of the tournament to date.

Group A

England remain on top of Group A after they beat 6 Nations rivals Wales 30-16, making up for a defeat to the same opponent during the Six Nations. The other game in the Group saw France beat Japan 47-7, however France remain a point behind England after failing to secure a bonus point in their game against Wales.

England and France now play what is effectively a semi final play off on Wednesday in their final pool match, while Wales will face Japan, who have already shipped over 100 points.

Group B

Group B will go right down to the wire on Wednesday with South Africa and Australia facing each other, both currently sit level at the top on ten points a piece.

Yesterday South Africa beat Samoa 40-8, while Australia downed hosts Italy 31-15 to set up what will be a cracking game of rugby at 19.30 on Wednesday.

Group C

Group C almost saw us witness a great U20s upset as Argentina pushed New Zealand all the way, with the traditionally dominant side at U20 level only just scraping through as 32-29 winners, but only after a kick three minutes from time from New Zealand’s Otere Black finally put his side ahead.

New Zealand are on a charge though, they are two points clear of Ireland who they face on Wednesday. Ireland faced Scotland on Saturday, gaining revenge after losing to them in the 6 Nations by winning 24-20, leaving Scotland still pinned at the foot of the group, with Argentina still to come.

Results:

Saturday 6th June:

Ireland 24-20 Scotland (Group C)

France 47-7 Japan (Group A)

New Zealand 32-29 Argentina (Group C)

South Africa 40-8 Samoa (Group B)

England 30-16 Wales (Group A)

Australia 31-15 Italy (Group B)

Tuesday 2nd June:

France 19-10 Wales (Group A)

England 59-7 Japan (Group A)

Australia 34-22 Samoa (Group B)

South Africa 33-5 Italy (Group B)

Ireland 18-16 Argentina (Group C)

New Zealand 68-10 Scotland (Group C)

Standings:

Group A

Pos

Team

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

1

England

2

0

0

10

2

France

2

0

0

9

3

Wales

0

0

2

0

4

Japan

0

0

2

0

Group B

Pos

Team

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

1

South Africa

2

0

0

10

2

Australia

2

0

0

10

3

Samoa

0

0

2

0

4

Italy

0

0

2

0

Group C

Pos

Team

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

1

New Zealand

2

0

0

10

2

Ireland

2

0

0

8

3

Argentina

0

0

2

2

4

Scotland

0

0

2

1

2015 World Rugby U20 Championship Fixtures:

Wednesday 10th June:

England v France (Group A) – 15.30

Argentina v Scotland (Group C) – 15.30

Wales v Japan (Group A) – 17.30

Samoa v Italy (Group B) – 17.30

New Zealand v Ireland (Group C) – 19.30

South Africa v Australia (Group B) – 19.30

Monday 15th June:

5th Place Semi 1 – 15.30

9th Place Semi 1 – 15.30

9th Place Semi 2 – 17.30

Semi Final 1 – 17.30

5th Place Semi Final 2 – 19.30

Semi Final 2 – 19.30

Saturday 20th June:

11th Place Play off – 10.00

9th Place Play off – 12.00

7th Place Play off – 14.00

5th Place Play off – 15.30

3rd Place Play off – 17.30

Final – 19.30

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